The New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) released its All New England Team for Division 1, 2 and 3 this afternoon, and below are the coaches and players that were honored for either yearly awards or were selected to the First or Second Teams.
The United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) unveiled its Division III All-American Honors this morning and a variety of local players earned spots on its First, Second or Third Teams, while others received honorable mentions.
Below is the list of local players that earned spots on one of the three teams or were honorable mentions.
Cole Bailey (Tufts University) – First Team
John Uppgren (Tufts University) – First Team
Beau Wood (Tufts University) – Second Team
Quinn Moroney (Amherst College) – Third Team
Harrison Cotter (Endicott College) – Third Team
Kane Delaney (Tufts University) – Third Team
Devin Acton (Amherst College) – Honorable Mention
Adam Knapton (Western New England) – Honorable Mention
Courtesy of the Tufts University sports information department, here’s this afternoon’s release from the men’s lacrosse contest against Endicott College:
MEDFORD – In a dogfight of an NCAA Championship second round game, senior goalie Patton Watkins made 16 saves as the Tufts men’s lacrosse team edged Endicott College, 10-9, on a hot and humid Saturday afternoon at Bello Field.
After the Jumbos scored to take a 4-2 lead early in the second quarter, the teams traded goals the rest of the way in dramatic back-and-forth action. Three goals each by senior Peter Bowers and junior Chris Schoenhut led Tufts, which improved to 18-2.
The Jumbos move on to the national quarterfinals for the fifth straight year. They will face the winner of today’s Springfield at Cortland State game, which is a 5 pm start. Endicott finishes its season at 15-5.
Tufts had handled Endicott relatively easily in an 18-13 final during the regular season. That would not be the case today. The Gulls jumped out to a 2-0 advantage as leading scorer Harrison Cotter scored at 12:37 and at 3:32 of the first.
Turning on their high-power offense late in the first, Tufts scored three times in the final three minutes of the period. Two came out of Bowers’ stick. The hosts would not trail again, but the Gulls would be right on their back all game.
Sophomore John Uppgren scored at 13:59 of the second quarter to give Tufts a 4-2 lead. Cotter netted his third of the game at 10:31 to close Endicott within 4-3. The teams alternated goals until halftime, with Schoenhut and Bowers scoring for the Jumbos and Kyle Weber and Colin Bannon tallying for Endicott. Tufts led 6-5 at the break.
Junior Cole Bailey scored the first goal of the second half to give Tufts a 7-5 lead. After Nick Pinciaro cut the margin to one again just 37 seconds later, Schoenhut scored for Tufts at 7:18 returning the margin to two (8-6). Both Pinciaro and Schoenhut would score again in the period and Tufts led 9-7 heading into the fourth.
Weber gave Endicott the early momentum with a goal at 13:27 of the fourth making it 9-8. Junior Peter Gill scored next to put Tufts up 10-8, but Jonathan Morgan answered for Endicott at 6:10 to send the game down the stretch at 10-9. Gulls sophomore goalie Cameron Bell made two of his 10 saves in the next few minutes to keep it a one-goal game.
Tufts was whistled for a penalty with just 2:10 remaining in the fourth. Endicott’s Jeremy Morgan hit the post with a shot soon after. The Jumbos called time-out with 52 seconds remaining and were able to run out the clock. The Gulls were called for a penalty with eight seconds remaining while they were forcing the Jumbos into a turnover, concluding the game with more drama.
Watkins had five saves in the second and third periods for Tufts. Senior Kane Delaney was also a defensive leader with two caused turnovers and four ground balls. Gill had a pair of goals in his return to the line-up after missing the last two games.
With the win, Tufts presented head coach Mike Daly with the 200th victory of his coaching career. In his 16th season leading Tufts, Daly’s teams are 200-78 for a stellar .719 winning percentage.
Cotter’s two goals led Endicott, while Pinciaro scored two and assisted one. The Gulls got two caused turnovers from junior Ian Knechtle. Freshman Tommy Hughest won 12 of 21 face-offs.
Amherts’ Matt Killian and the Lord Jeffs will opening NCAA Tournament play on Wednesday against Colorado College. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)
By Matt Noonan
The NCAA Division 3 Tournament commences on Wednesday with 30 teams vying for the national championship. Massachusetts will have six teams contending for the crown, and below is a quick preview of each local first round contest.
Colorado College @ Amherst College: The Lord Jeffs never gave up against the Jumbos yesterday, but did fall short in their first New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship appearance. Amherst, which will be making its second trip to NCAA Tournament, will look to rebound on Wednesday when they welcome the Tigers to campus.
The Lord Jeffs, who’re one win shy of matching their program’s all-time win mark (15), earned 14 victories this season. They defeated Endicott, Western New England and Wesleyan (twice), and Bowdoin in the conference tournament quarterfinals.
Head coach John Thompson will rely on his senior class – his first graduating class – to guide the Lord Jeffs to their third tournament win (The Jeffs are 2-1 all-time in NCAA Tournament play). Quinn Moroney leads the Purple and White with 100 points on 75 helpers and 25 goals, while Kane Haffey and Devin Acton have combined for 103 tallies. Greg Majno, the team’s goaltender and Acton’s high school teammate from Lincoln-Sudbury, will be counted on to stop the Colorado attack, which compiled 174 strikes in 15 games this season (that’s 11.60 goals per game).
Western New England @ Springfield College: Earlier this season, the Pride needed a fourth quarter rally to defeat their cross-town rival, 9-7. Springfield head coach Keith Bugbee told NoontimeSports.com that his team regrouped in the second half, which was a big reason why they were victorious.
Since their last meeting, both teams have improved their play and managed to acquire conference tournament championship hardware.
Western New England will look for its defense, including their backstop Brandon Body, to challenge the Springfield attack. Against the Gulls of Endicott on Saturday, the Golden Bears defense managed to shutdown their opponent’s offense and yielded just two second half markers. The Golden Bears offense, however, clicked into gear in the third quarter and was led by Colton Craig, who finished the contest with five strikes. Craig has recorded 41 points this season on 35 goals and six helpers, while Adam Knapton leads the Blue and Gold in points (64), goals (45) and assists (19).
Similar to the Golden Bears, the Pride relies on its upperclassmen to carry both their offense and defense. Springfield’s Bryce Serriello leads the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) in goals with 40, while Ryan Murphy is fourth with 32 strikes. Connor Nash, Springfield’s goaltender, is third in saves (163) and fourth in save percentage (57.4).
Both teams can go on runs, so expect defense to be the key component in this particular matchup.
Endicott’s Harrison Cotter has recorded a career-high 68 points on 55 goals and 13 assists this season. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)
Keene State @ Endicott College: Similar to the Lord Jeffs, the Gulls received an at-large bid to this year’s tournament and will open play against an Owls squads that captured the Little East Conference crown.
The Gulls, who finished with 14 wins, managed to earn a 6-4 halftime lead on Saturday against the Golden Bears before their opponent used a 9-2 second half run to claim the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) championship. So, expect Saturday’s contest to be motivation for head coach Sean Quirk’s Gulls.
Endicott finished its regular season conference slate undefeated, as well as earned impressive non-conference wins over Connecticut College, Eastern Connecticut State, Middlebury, Bowdoin and Stevens. The Gulls are led by Harrison Cotter, who recorded a career-high 68 points on 55 goals and 13 assists, and goaltender Cameron Bell, who posted an 8.07 goals against average with 178 saves.
The Gulls have appeared in seven NCAA Tournaments. They’ve faced-off against Keene State four times in program-history, winning three meetings, including an 11-10 tournament win against the Owls in 2005. Keene State enters their first round matchup on a nine-game winning streak.
Emmanuel College @ Tufts University: It’ll be offense vs. defense in this particular matchup, as the Saints will rely on its back line and goaltender Austin Lauzier to stop the nation’s top scoring offense (Tufts leads the nation with 19.00 goals per game, according to NCAA.com).
Tufts’ Chris Schoenhut is fourth on the squad in points (79). He’ll be one of many players to watch against Emmanuel College on Wednesday. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)
Emmanuel, who will be making its first-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament, captured its initial Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) conference and regular season crowns with wins over Lassell College (regular season de-facto championship) and Becker College (tournament final). The Saints have received contributions from every player on their roster, but are led by Chris Curtis, who leads the Blue and Gold in points (45). Curtis and Kaile Maclean-Daley have netted 31 goals, respectively, and Ryan Sabuda leads the unit in helpers with 21.
Similar to Emmanuel, Tufts has received contributions from everyone on their roster, but have been paced by John Uppgren, who leads the Powder Blue and White with 105 points on 54 goals and 51 assists. Beau Wood leads the unit with 55 goals, while Cole Bailey is first in helpers with 55.
Tufts will be making its seventh appearance in the NCAA Tournament, its sixth straight, according to their athletic department’s website. The Jumbos are 16-2 overall and have won one national title, which occurred in 2010.
Western New England captured its second straight CCC Crown with a 13-8 victory over Endicott this afternoon. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)
By Matt Noonan
It was a busy Saturday in the lacrosse world with conference tournament championships and semifinals. Below is a quick roundup of today’s contests.
WNE 13, Endicott 8: The Golden Bears rallied from a two-goal deficit at halftime to defeat the Gulls for the second straight year in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Championship. WNE’s Colton Craig and Endicott’s Harrison Cotter each netted five goals.
Springfield College 12, Babson 6: Bryce Serriello sparked a 5-0 run, spanning the third and fourth quarters, which helped the Pride secure the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) crown. Springfield’ Devin Abad paced all scorers with five points on four goals and one assist, while Spencer Low recorded two goals for Babson.
Tufts 17, Williams 6: John Uppgren recorded six points on four goals and two assists, Chris Schoenhut tallied four goals and Cole Bailey handed out seven assists as the Jumbos cruised past the Ephs in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) semifinals. Jack Lauroesch paced Williams with three points on three assists.
Amherst 12, Wesleyan 8: Kane Haffey netted four goals, Devin Acton registered a hat trick as the Lord Jeffs defeated the Cardinals in the NESCAC semifinals.
Endicott 14, Roger Williams 13: Siri Mason buried a feed from Callie Murphy with one second remaining in regulation to lift the Gulls past the Hawks in the CCC Championship. Murphy led all players with eight points on four goals and four helpers.
Bridgewater State 19, Worcester State 7: The Bears secured their second-straight Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) tournament crown by earning a 15-5 lead at the break. BSU’s Taylor Clancy finished with seven points on six goals and one assist, while Kalia Chase and Molly Kilday each netted two goals for Worcester State.
Regis 13, Becker 9: The Pride captured its second straight New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) crown by using three separate runs in the second half to propel them to a four-point victory. Grace Politis and Sam Salamone combined for nine Regis goals, along with five helpers. Tatum Fahs paced Becker with five points on three goals and two assists.
Amherst 9, Williams 4: Rachel Passarelli recorded five goals, including three in the second half, which helped the Jeffs defeat the Ephs in the NESCAC semifinals.